After dinner evening at the Summer Naturalist Week at Tremont, Dave, one of the researchers, took me down to the field to check the Snake traps. They are not really "traps" because the snakes can come and go as they please, I guess they should actually be called "snake attractors!" I was delighted to see a beautiful copperhead coiled in the corner when Dave lifted the tin! Out of the 5 tins we looked under, this was the only one with a copperhead, one of the others had a banded watersnake and another had a huge ant nest! The next day during an activity near the dorm, I saw 2 copperheads in the woods!
The only other time I had seen a live copperhead was at Tremont a few years ago one evening when I was leading a night hike to go see the Ghost Fireflies. Since we had to get our eyes acclimated so we could walk in the dark, I was a bit preturbed when a car drove up and stopped in the road. Finally, walked up to the driver to see what was going on and he commented, "I stopped because there is a copperhead in the road in front of my car!" That driver may very well have saved me a trip to the emergency room! Had he not stopped, I probably would have stepped on it!